Advances in Sedimentation Velocity Analysis


On February 20, 1996, a workshop titled "Advances in Sedimentation Velocity Analysis" was held at the Biophysical Society meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, in honor of Professor David Yphantis's 65th birthday. Although he is known more for his work with sedimentation equilibrium, David's work on instrumentation and data analysis is the foundation for many of the recent advances in both equilibrium and velocity sedimentation. Over the years he has trained numerous graduate students, most of whom have gone on to emphasize the use of analytical ultracentrifugation to answer biochemical questions involving macromolecular assembly. His laboratory was one of very few that continued to use and develop analytical ultracentrifugation during its nadir in the 1970s and early 1980s. The rebirth and resurgence of analytical ultracentrifugation owe a great deal to his persistence and enthusiasm. These efforts have borne fruit. In the last five years, through his work at the National Analytical Ultracentrifugation Facility, he has helped train nearly 100 individuals in the delicate art of nonlinear least-squares analysis of equilibrium sedimentation data. Furthermore, the number of researchers using the ultracentrifuge and the number of papers published has skyrocketed in the last few years. This workshop, then, was a way to thank David for his years of devotion to analytical ultracentrifugation.


Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences

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